PJ Webb is a new fiction indie writer. Originally from New York, she now lives in North Carolina with her husband and their two cats. Although, her first book Prince of the Blood is also the first in her Vampire Chronicles she doesn’t expect to limit herself to that subject. She has recently finished the second and third books in the series and they will be available soon.
Both she and her husband, Scott, are avid boaters and spend many wonderful hours cruising on their boat, Somewhere in Time.
What inspires you to write?
The sheer joy of creating and a genuine love for writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
I start with an idea for a story. It will have a beginning, middle and end. After that, I’m what you call a “seat of the pants writer.”. I know who the main characters will be, but not the secondary ones. They just seem to appear as needed. My ideas may take different turns than I had originally imagined, but the story will inevitably end as I had intended.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters talk to me. In fact, the really strong ones will often do things I had not expected, or
even wanted them to do. This sometimes causes problems that need to be ironed out. There, now I sound completely crazy.
What advice would you give other writers?
Live your dream. That requires having a lot of faith in yourself, because at first it’s going to be tough. Sometimes it will hardly seems worth it, but those are the times you can’t give up. Self doubt and fear is often at the root of dreams gone unrealized, projects uncompleted, and words left unsaid.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I made my decision based upon hearing what other authors had to say about traditional publishing verses independent publishing. It seems that even if you decide to take the traditional publishing route, you will still be required to promote your own books while relinquishing a large proportion of the profits, and there is still no guarantee of success. For that reason, many authors are leaving their publishers to go the independent route. It is also for these reasons that I have chosen to be an indie author..
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think a lot of people jumped on the bandwagon and became indie authors, some out of desperation, hoping they could make a lot of money fast. For that reason, many indie books were written without concern for proper editing, or proofing. Unfortunately, this has created a pool of daunted readers. I’m seeing that these writers are being weeded out now, and those who remain are serious and respected indie authors.
I think there’s room for both types of authors. I also think that publishers need to realize that creating the work is the job of the writer and for the amount the publisher charges, if a writer chooses one, the publisher should take a more pro-active role in the promotion and marketing process. Promotion is a very hard and time consuming effort. Writers should be allowed the time to write, and not have to lose precious time promoting their own selves as much as they do now.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Paranormal Fiction, Historic Fiction, Paranormal Romance
What formats are your books in?
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